I've listened to my share of FM tuners over
the years, and short of a few "super tuners" from years
gone by; overall, none have matched the superb products from Magnum-Dynalab.
Probably more so than any other brand, Magnum-Dynalab
is a name synonymous with the best in FM tuners.
Fittingly, this company
has received more positive reviews on their tuners than
strongly that analog tuners (rather than digital) sound more like music. Though
this is a costly design strategy, Magnum feels the benefits
are significant and remains one of the only companies making
analog tuners today.
If you are serious
about your FM listening, Magnum-Dynalab tuners simply must
be your first consideration.
MD-109 - The flagship MD 109 is arguably
the very best tuner available today. Designed to remain
perpetually current, the MD 109 starts with receiving and
delivering with sonic accuracy all terrestrial FM signals
better than any FM tuner that we have ever developed. Beyond
this, it is also upgradeable to accommodate digital audio
from various sources, including satellite radio, CD, DVD and
Internet Sources. Quite simply, the MD 109 serves as
your source component for all future listening options and
include an ultra stable power supply, a direct output Triode
tube audio section and most importantly, the introduction of
the World Source Platform.
The World Source
Platform represents the culmination of 2 years of internal
development, and the commitment with which we have embraced
the evolution of the multi-format audio source environment
that we live in today.
remain perpetually current, the
MD 109 starts
with receiving and delivering with sonic accuracy all
terrestrial FM signals better than any FM tuner that we have
ever developed. Beyond this, it is also upgradeable to
accommodate digital audio from various sources, including
satellite radio, CD, DVD and Internet Sources. Quite simply,
MD 109 serves
as your source component for all future listening options
Touch-screen is a marvel of simplicity and both a simple and
practical way to access tuner functions. Screen brightness
drop when not in active service, but still glows softly for
a little mood lighting. If one prefers a more tactile
traditional approach however, precise station tuning is easy
and deliberate by means of two prominent large dials.
tactile sensation is also achieved at a distance by means of
the IR remote. Designed well beyond function and
convenience, the fit and feel of the MD109 IR remote is one
of positive precision, substance and style. Immediate,
accurate and in complete control of all functions is
accomplished from well beyond a pragmatic range.
you’ll find top quality parts from Mundorf, WBT, Wima,
Dale-Vishay and Burr-Brown. In the tube stage are Mundorf
Supreme/Silver/oil polypropylene dielectric capacitors. The
winding of these specials caps is impregnated with special
oil, contributing to a smooth, rich tonality. Along with
their collective ability to move sound while maintaining the
purity of the original signal, these components are highly
regarded for extensive unwavering performance over the long
haul. A double sided 0.093 thick printed circuit boards
provide the base and minimize potentially damaging
vibration. To maximize conductivity and insure that all
micro-information is maintained, ceramic tube sockets and
all circuit board contacts are generously gold plated.
The British publication HiFi+ writes: Its been getting
harder and harder to write about
Dynalab tuners, because you keep running out of
superlatives. Every time you hear one, you are surprised by
how close to the studio you are getting. And the next one up
the portfolio just gets better than the last. Now we are at
the top of the Magnum Dynalab tree. Now, it gets silly. You start to question
if it's possible to hear that much detail from a tuner
source, no matter how impressive that source may be.
Of all the tuner benefits, the most obvious one
is vocal articulation, though. The <B>MD
109</B> sets a benchmark for voices that no other tuner can
match as yet. News programmes take on a clarity and directness
that makes them sound like it's a conversation in the room,
not in a remote studio. The voices are not behind microphones,
they are living, breathing solid human beings, there in the
room with you.
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The MD 106T uses a proprietary five stage front-end
design with hand matched components in the critical areas.
The careful design and selection maximizes sensitivity and
selectivity while minimizing distortion.
The alluring and exceptionally useful
Magic Eye tuning device is the most accurate tuning device
ever conceived. Used on the best tuners of years past,
Magnum-Dynalab has resurrected this wonderful tool. It not
only looks cool, it really works!
To complement this world class R.F.
section, Zdenko Zivkovic has designed a truly musical zero
feedback vacuum tube triode audio output stage*. The
contribution of tubes in the analog output stage brings a
glorious refinement and richness to FM. Price $4395
* Carefully designed grounding circuit enhances micro detail
and reduces background noise. *
Oversized power supply with premium components eliminates
ripple effect maximizing reproduction of subtle musical
Zero feedback tube audio output section for unsurpassed
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MD-102 - Following in the footsteps
of the MD-108, the MD-102 with its separate RF and audio
boards, is able to produce remarkable realism from quality
FM sources. The MD-102 employs tunable five stage analog
front end (the more stages, the better), providing station
separation without affecting stereo separation. Precision
tunable matched IF (intermediate frequency) amplifiers ensure
consistent specifications for adjacent channel separation,
alternate channel separation and low distortion.
As with many of the
Magnum-Dynalab tuners, the 102 can be ordered with
their superlative triode tube output stage, featuring
Amperex Bugle Boy 6922 tubes.
Price $3025, $3495 with tube output stage*.
MD-100 - Magnum-Dynalab’s twenty years
of FM design experience have been brought to bear in making
the MD-100 a stellar performer. Inside you’ll find
a sophisticated three-stage RF front end and carefully designed
analog output stage. Internal IF components are hand-matched
to guarantee optimum performance.
The MD-100 will
surely further the stellar reputation of its predecessor
and will likely set a new standard at the price point. The
MD-100 is offered at $1935.00, with an optional FTR
remote control (shown with the unit below) system
Price with Tube output stage* is $2395.
MD-90 - Picking up where the heralded
FT-101A left off, this new model combines the very latest
in discrete, analog technology with Magnum's superlative
FM section. Its highly renowned MOSFET front end provides
3 stages of very careful and precise amplification. Here
even the most fragile of signals is strengthened and further
defined by using highly effective "group delay" filtering.
The result is a sonically correct audio signal, one that
contains all the inherent richness and brilliance of the
source being broadcast. Price $1195.00. $1595 with triode
tube output stage*.
* Triode Tube Option - Imagine the superb performance of a
Magnum-Dynalab tuner enhanced with the enchanting liquidity of
vacuum tubes. The boys at Magnum-Dynalab did just that and now
offer a class a triode analog output stage as an option on any
of their models.
More than just an add-on, the upgrade is
a sweeping step forward using an entirely new main circuit
board. Features include: Zero feedback triode tube output
stage, .093 circuit board, Solen polypropylene capacitors,
toroid transformer, enhanced ground plane design and oxygen
The tube option adds $595 to any of the
tuners in the line (except the 108 and 106T which already have
output stage). Though it can be retrofitted to older tuners,
the price is rather steep as the entire main board is scrapped
and a new one inserted in its place. You can check out the
Magnum-Dynalab Website (or give us a call) for upgrade
good antenna is the key to optimum performance. It could be
said that a tuner is only as good as the antenna you provide.
Magnum-Dynalab offers a range of antennas to satisfy most
needs. You can read more about the technical aspects of
antennas in our article
- A more powerful FM Antenna than any single element dipole
antenna, the ST-2 vertical is probably one of the best things
ever to happen to FM listeners in urban and fringe reception
Concentrating its reception "focus" only on the horizontal
plane, the ST-2 is capable of getting more signal to your FM
tuner with less "flutter" and "fading."
The ST-2 is
also less susceptible to "multipath interference," due to its
unique vertical polarization.
its PH17-7 stainless steel whip through the gold-plated coil
coupling to the stainless-steel encased, precision-wound
loading coil, the ST-2 is built tough. Yet it passes the most
fragile of FM signals to your FM tuner's circuitry with the
kind of strength sometimes found only with much larger,
Being a 1/2
wave design and not requiring a "ground plane" or
counterpoise," it is equally at home mounted on a mast, a
balcony, hanging in the window or from a tree. The ST-2 offers
greatly enhanced FM tuning performance, and signal strength.
comes to you ready to install. It is 54 inches in length, and
furnished with a stainless steel "L" mounting bracket for ease
of installation both in and outdoors.
Silver Ribbon - A
high-efficiency indoor antenna that is ...
- Continuously tunable across
the FM dial to maximize reception,
- Rotatable for best station
- Designed to complement just
about any FM system arrangement.
- Receives local HDTV signal
with ease due to its UHF design.
- Directionality helps in
solving problems due to multi path interference
The Silver Ribbon is
both unique and attractive. The functional, bright-metal
elements may be adjusted by simply pulling upward on the
center adjustment knob. This provides a precisely-tuned
element at the proper impedance for each receivable FM or UHF
HDTV signal on the band, thereby maximizing reception.
The Silver Ribbon is
easily rotated in position to provide the best orientation for
maximum signal pickup from the tuned FM or HDTV station.
Indoor reception presents its
own unique "multi path" problems due to metal used in building
construction. Similarly, furniture and even people within the
room can affect reception. The Silver Ribbon helps
avoid that problem by allowing the user to "focus" the antenna
on either the main or a strong, reflected signal.
Up to now, indoor reception
has been left to the wonders of costly "box" and "wing" type
antennas. Now there is an effective alternative--one that can
provide maximum reception at a very reasonable cost.
If an indoor FM or HDTV
antenna is a must, so is the Silver Ribbon.
Magnum-Dynalab offers a range of large, multi-element outdoor
antennas for enhanced reception in fringe areas. We are happy
to special order any of the models for you. More details are
available on their website.